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Knoetze-Sharkey Fight / Civil Rights Controversy #260275

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 03, 1979
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(Studio) Reverend Jesse Jackson's request that President Carter stop boxing match scheduled for Saturday because of civil rights groups' claims that one participant is guilty or moral turpitude noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Miami, Florida) Background given on former South African policeman Kallie Knoetze, who is World Boxing Association's 2nd ranking heavyweight and subject of controversy because of his involvement in crippling of black youth in Pretoria riots of 1977. Knoetze's knockout of Duane Bobick in March boxing match mentioned; film shown. His conviction on other South African chgs. noted. [KNOETZE - comments on riot incident.] [Operation PUSH spokesperson Reverend Jesse JACKSON - comments on Knoetze's activities in South Africa Rptd. appeals to CBS Sports to refuse to televise fight and to Madison Square Garden and Chris Dundee to not promote fight.] Protesters' request to President Carter and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance to deny Knoetze visa to United States reported unsuccessful. [KNOETZE - thinks protest planned for Miami will be good for crowd at match.] Protesters' plans for march outside Miami Beach Convention Center mentioned. [Opponent Bill SHARKEY - states reaction to protests.] CBS Incorporated's plans to go ahead with broadcast of fight, despite protesters' announced plans to picket network, stated. [Promoter Chris DUNDEE - thinks publicity will help show.]
REPORTER: Steve Young

(Studio) Correction on date of fight given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Young, Steve

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